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New Act on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security

The Hungarian Government recently adopted Act no. LVII of 2018 on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security (the “Act”). Previously we wrote about a similar legislative proposal which aimed at establishing a similar control mechanism. However, the Act has a more sophisticated approach on the control and approval procedure […]

Health and safety at work in Romania: What companies need to know

Failure to take or observe the mandatory measures for health and safety at work may entail, among other types of liability (e.g. civil, administrative), potential criminal liability for employers. The Romanian Criminal Code (the “RCC”) provides for two offences which sanction such failure: i) failure to take the mandatory measures for health and safety at […]

Switzerland: Insolvency law, policy and procedure

By Daniel Hayek and Laura Oegerli Statutory framework and substantive law Swiss restructuring and insolvency proceedings are mainly governed by the Swiss Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law (DEBA), which entered into force in 1892. A number of other laws and ordinances further regulate special aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings, such as specific provisions according to […]

Czech Republic: Office for the Protection of Competition gets tougher

In April 2018 the Office for the Protection of Competition adopted new guidelines on the method of setting fines for competition law infringements,(1) noting that the need for a revision of the previous guidelines had emerged in the wake of developing case law, as well as amendments to the Act on the Protection of Competition. The […]

FOS expansion to SMEs – near-final rules published

By Paul Gair The Financial Conduct Authority yesterday released its policy statement on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper detailing proposals for increasing […]

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Morgan Cole takes on Saga lawyer to boost energy unit

Morgan Cole is taking on a leading in-house energy lawyer to boost its practice. Geoff Hewitt joined Morgan Cole last week in a whirlwind move, say sources in the energy department. Hewitt was formerly director and legal manager at Saga Petroleum UK. His expertise lies in “upstream” energy law – the production end of the […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse has poached clinical negligence assistant Caroline Moore from rival Yorkshire firm Wake Smith. Moore says: “I am looking forward to challenges from 1 August when legal aid will only be available to clients of firms with clinical negligence teams.”

A precarious situation

The Christmas party season is warming up, but at least one City firm may have to redo its invitation list. This year Freshfields’ celebrations will be without Citibank and the chair reserved for Wilde Sapte’s James Johnson will remain empty. Freshfields is not the first firm to be blackballed by a US bank for acting […]

GUS snubs Paisner & Co in Knickerbox Kit battle

One of Paisner & Co’s biggest clients, Great Universal Stores (GUS), has instructed Dibb Lupton Alsop to represent it in its battle against Knickerbox. Paisner & Co has advised the Manchester-based company since 1932. A spokeswoman at Paisner & Co, who says that GUS is one of its main clients, says: “We do a lot […]

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